Rosies – Friends on the Street has received both personal and Parliamentary support in Ipswich thanks to local MP Ian Berry.

When Caring for our Community grant beneficiaries were announced on May 13, Rosies Ipswich Branch was amongst the community organisations sharing in more than $6000 in funding with a grant for $600 to support local operations.

Member for Ipswich Ian Berry MP nominated Rosies for the grant in recognition of the assistance the organisation gives to the Ipswich community by providing safe spaces for people to build community and connect with essential services.

He then decided to offer his personal support through a further donation of $400 to assist in the purchase of equipment and ongoing costs.

‘As the local member for Ipswich, I have given to Rosies a commitment to visit the street van regularly. This is what Rosies deserves as I know the crucial role it plays in our community. Rosies offers a helping hand to our most vulnerable, provides a meeting point and gives people a sense of friendship,’ said Mr Berry.

‘People like Michael Byrnes in Ipswich work enormously hard to keep Rosies going on a meagre funding model. It was therefore my absolute pleasure to make an additional donation of $400 to this organisation beyond the $600 they have already received from the Queensland Government’s Caring for our Community grants program.’

Ipswich Branch Coordinator Michael Byrnes said Mr Berry’s donation was a real boost to the local branch.

‘It’s that kind of support that keeps our volunteers out on the streets with the people who need it. So many of our patrons are kids – we have a volunteer on each team who spends their whole shift just making Milo for the kids and making sure they’re warm,’ he said.

‘We really appreciate Ian’s support – it means a lot to our volunteers that he actually comes to the van regularly and spends time with our patrons. He doesn’t just pop in and say “hi”, he actually spends an hour or two having meaningful conversations and helping out at the van.’

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Rosies – Friends on the Street is pleased to announce the appointment of Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove as Patron in Chief.

Sir Peter has a long involvement with Rosies, having joined Mrs Leneen Forde AC as Co-Patron of Rosies in 2005. On his appointment as Governor-General of Australia, Rosies extended an invitation to Sir Peter to deepen his ties with the organisation through vice-regal patronage.

Sir Peter confirmed he wished to continue his close association with Rosies, an organisation he once characterised as ‘compassion with its sleeves rolled up’, and was formally elevated to Patron in Chief on May 7 with Mrs Forde continuing as Patron.

Rosies CEO Troy Bailey said it was an honour for Rosies to be associated with a leader like Sir Peter.

‘Sir Peter embodies characteristics we see as truly Australian – strength, determination, compassion, and humour,’ said Mr Bailey.

‘As Patron in Chief, Sir Peter represents Rosies everywhere he goes – and we couldn’t ask for a more inspiring role model for our volunteers who are out there every day and night on the front line.’

General Peter Cosgrove speaking at the Rosies Gala Dinner, 2006


I have been a supporter of Rosies – Friends on the Street from its earlier days and I continue to admire its work for young Australians at risk. I certainly wish volunteer organisations such as Rosies – Friends on the Street all the very best in carrying out their vital work with in our communities. God bless all at Rosies.

His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), 2014